Engineering vs Engineering Technology

While both engineering and engineering technology fields offer exciting study and career opportunities, one approach may be more appealing to you. Find what suits your interests and how Michigan Tech can create your future. 

What are the differences between Engineering and Engineering Technology?

Engineering graduates apply scientific, theoretic, and economic knowledge to research, invent, design, and build structures, devices, and systems, making for a broad discipline that encompasses specialized fields of engineering.

Engineering technology graduates develop, design, and implement engineering and technology solutions, typically pursuing engineering careers in manufacturing firms on design, construction, and product improvement. 

Key Differences
  Engineering Engineering Technology
Academics
  • Theoretical and conceptual design learning style
  • Emphasis on developing new methods and designs for complex problems
  • Coursework includes multiple semesters of calculus, statistics, linear algebra, and calculus-based physics courses
  • Application and implementation learning style
  • Emphasis on applying and implementing current practices to solve specific technical problems
  • Coursework includes multiple semesters of calculus, statistics, and algebra-based physics courses
Careers
  • Innovators
  • Research, development, and design
  • Management or entrepreneurs
  • Implementers
  • Testing, construction, or manufacturing
  • Management or entrepreneurs
Degrees at Michigan Tech